Meet Jessica & Graham

We met in 2002, while attending university in Halifax at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Both of us earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, which we both agree were some of our favourite years.

We have been inseparable ever since. Married on Stoney Lake in 2006, we have been blessed to have been able to travel the world and this beautiful country together.

Jess started and completed a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Art Therapy in Montreal while Graham worked producing some of the most beautiful handmade paper in North America. We loved Montreal and we love Montreal bagels!

After a years travelling, eating and learning in Australia and New Zealand we settled down in the picturesque ski town of Smithers in Northern British Columbia.

After a number of years in the West we decided we yearned for Ontario again. Armed with some new baking skills and a clearer idea of how we envisioned our lives we packed up our small dog and moved to Lakefield. Our forever home.

Always searching for ways to continue creating and working with our hands we officially opened Hard Winter Bakery in May 2014.

We welcomed our eldest son Remy into our family in August 2015. The birth of our second son Lucian (Luca) in November of 2017 brought so much joy to our little family. They are the light of our lives and there is never a dull moment when Remy and Luca are helping out. Much of what we do and who we have become is because of and for them.